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Dafen Oil Painting Village

Buji Neighborhood Committee, Longang District, Shenzhen 518112, China
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As featured in Daytrips from Shenzhen
Ranked #15 of 347 Attractions in Shenzhen
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or... more » Owner description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or request a freshly-painted Van Gogh or Rembrandt. « less
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Shenzhen, China
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

it's fun wandering around the village where you can find copies of many styles and artists. they also have a good selection of modern and traditional painting supplies, if you're looking for that sort of thing.

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Wandering around watching very talented artists create art just on the street is a great way to spend some free time. Many complain they are only copying, but sorry cynics, it still takes real skills to even duplicate a work. This was a great time and I would happily go again. There is also a museum here too, as well... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I have visited this place many times over the last seven years and it has changed from being a village to now being on the metro and easy to access as part of Shenzhen city. It no longer has quite the same atmosphere. Having said that, visitors seem to enjoy visiting Dafen and usually come away having bought a painting... More

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Shenzhen, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The village is a collection of hundreds of shops selling oil paintings and some sculptures. The paintings are usually done in factory like settings that people are not likely to visit. Sometimes a person is sitting in the shop acting as if an actual painting was in process, but this is usually just a come on. The paintings range in... More

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Shenzhen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

You cant imagine whole quarter, called village, everywhere you go there is a gallery, or paintings shop and full of art. Fantastic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I first visited Dafen about 5 years ago and it was hard to get to from Lu Wu Commercial centre, it has nowhere to eat once we arrived and no English speakers at all. This trip, about my fourth over the years, I took three friends who had never been and it has come a long long way without loosing... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Pretty easy to find. Some pretty interesting works but after awhile many of the paintings start looking the same. What was quite interesting was the Dafen Art Museum which was located at one end of the area. They just happened to have an exhibit of works from some graduating students. Some were really quite good. The exhibit also happened to... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A lot of the paintings are very average - I didn't even get to haggle because of the quality.so even though there were lots of vendors there is very little to differentiate between them.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I enjoyed my time here, it was one of the highlights of my trip to China. The art is wonderful and it was such an amazing experience to witness the artist at work. I purchased a painting of Budda and when I took it in to be framed, the sales person, who is an artist commented on how wonderful the... More

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The most amazing place to buy art I've ever seen and at unbelievable prices! These artists can copy anything and make it look like the original!

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